About the Education Department
The education department of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library incubates, develops and maintains a core roster of curriculum and educational programming. Key areas of focus include the office of the American Presidency and presidential decision making. Utilizing White House documents, photographs, first-hand interviews, artifacts and other treasures housed in our collections; we stimulate students to engage in creative 21st century learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.
Awards and Honors:
The Reagan Library was presented with the Silver MUSE Award in the category of Games and Augmented Reality on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the 2017 American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. This award recognizes high achievement in the application of media and technology to Gallery, Library, Archive, and Museum (GLAM) programs. Now in its 28th year,the competition is administrated by the American Alliance of Museums Media & Technology Professional Network.
The script from the awards event stated, “The jury was impressed with the educational and experiential foundation of the Situation Room Experience. The technology component of the project was less overt and more integrated than many museum technology projects, and that integration with the experience... was a real strong point for this submission. The game play structure was well thought out and the project included an impressive array of interpretive media and analog content to support the play.”
“The Reagan Library believes in pushing the boundaries for audiences beyond the traditional museum experience and we are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Alliance for our work in technical integration.” -Duke Blackwood, Director, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
The Department created the international award winning Discovery Center at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Articles highlighting the work of the Education Department have been published in print and online journals such as Social Education, a publication of the National Council for the Social Studies, Blooloop, an online publication highlighting achievements in the themed entertainment world. Additionally, the Department actively engages in programming for the Office of Presidential Libraries for the National Archives & Records Administration including programming developed for the Presidential Timeline and the Kettering Foundation.
We also provide resources for educators and students of all ages including:
- Primary source based document curriculum units
- Workshops for educators and students
- Specialized tours and workshops
- Innovative educational spaces
- Onsite educational museum games